MULTAN-Former prime minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gillani on Monday asked the residents of South Punjab region to vote for real advocates of Saraiki Province in coming election instead of those who raised the slogan of the province just for the sake of votes.

Addressing a women convention organised by women wing of the PPP here, he said that some people exploited voters by using the slogan of Saraiki province and forgot their promises once they reached assemblies. He said that the PPP would go to elections on the basis of its performance and play an active role for the creation of Saraiki province after reaching the assemblies.

He said that PPP is the only political party that has strived and sacrificed for the stability of democracy while Nawaz Sharif could not act even on Charter of Democracy. “It is because of his policies that even his companions are parting ways with him,” he claimed.

He said that the PPP sacrificed its rule for the protection of democratic system and supremacy of constitution.

He claimed that the PPP would win 2018 general elections and offer relief to the poor, labourers, women, students, unemployed citizens and workers. He pointed out that the PPP increased the salaries of federal and provincial employees by 110 percent, confirmed the services of all temporary workers, allowed trade union activities, restored all workers sacked during other regimes, offered pay scale and introduced Benazir Income Support Programme during its previous terms.

He hoped that the December 15th public meeting would revive the passion of PPP worker. He said that Multan jalsa would be an historic event and it would remind the people of the public meetings held by Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and Benazir Bhutto. He said that the women were the most important part of the party who always supported the party and stood with it even today. He said that the PPPP had reorganised itself in Multan and South Punjab and it would win heavy mandate in this region.

The meeting was also addressed by Saima Aamir Advocate, Shazia Abid, Kanwal, Shahnaz Lodhi and others.

Govt prolonged sit-in issue ‘purposely’: Qureshi

MULTAN-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Vice Chairman Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that the government prolonged the issue of Islamabad sit-in to divert attention from NAB cases.

Talking to the media here the other day, he said that the delaying tactics used by the government made the situation worse. “The behaviour exhibited by the government jeopardised the system and democracy,” he maintained. He said that the government resorted to use power instead of resolving the issue through talks which was a big mistake. He said that the rulers got shut the entire country while trying to get Faizabad opened as a result of which oil supply also got suspended in the country. He said that the government was responsible for the deterioration of the situation and the rulers got entire country paralysed to protect just one person.